Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Dean of College of Education of University of Ghana, Legon

The Dean of the College of Education of University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, has underscored the need for the country to train people for the job market.

She explained that the youth needs “quality, relevant and affordable education;” one that would help solve the problem of unemployment.

The astute professor of Journalism and Media Studies, made this remark at the launch of the Youth Excellence League, a brainchild of The BEIGE Foundation, the Social Responsibility arm of The BEIGE Group.

She lauded the direction of the Corporate Social Responsibility pursuits of The BEIGE Group, saying any effort to help educate and reward excellence in academic pursuits was laudable.

Prof Gadzekpo expressed happiness with the initiative as it seeks to help solve the problem of youth unemployment in the country.

The YEL, she said would help sharpen the skills of the youth in Ghana for better job placement through education as well as skills development.

She emphasized that the problem of youth unemployment was no longer the problem of the government alone or a problem of non-governmental organisations (NGO) to worry about.

YEL programme

The Youth Excellence League (YEL) is part of The BEIGE Foundation’s Life Skills Development Programme. The award scheme rewards youth (ages between 13 and 27) who excel in academic and non-academic projects.

She encouraged all employers to emulate the example of The BEIGE Foundation by investing in the education of our youth.

This she said could help reduce unemployment especially for youth who were uneducated due to financial needs.